Help: The Secret to Encountering Christ

Jim rarely asks for help with directions. Me, I just don’t ask for help. Not the best strategy, mind you, as I am often left more exhausted and frustrated than not. Case in point…

When it comes to web pages and design, I’m a few bytes shy of a hard drive. So, when I wanted to upload a video to my website, I relied on the copy and paste rule that served me so well in the past. I highlighted, copied, and pasted the video icon into my webpage, only to be greeted by an error message. I tried again. Same error message.

Silly me, I thought when I found the media upload button in the banner. I clicked and hit upload. Another error message appeared. Off and on for three months I clicked the media upload button in various sequences of steps (Isn’t that the definition of insanity? Trying the same thing over and over and expecting different results?)


At the end of my rope — and the last strand of my patience rapidly unraveling — I spied a Help button.  Where did that come from? With nothing to lose but more time, I clicked Help and typed my question. The search engine spit out the answer in one second. I followed the two recommended steps and voilà … video embedded in web page.

I found the secret to encountering Christ. As I journey through November and Advent to the manger, my first step in preparation is to recognize I need Help. I need a Savior. I — we — by human nature are imperfect and ill-equipped to travel alone. We make mistakes. We take wrong turns and head the wrong way down a one-way street. We get sidetracked by scenery and detour off the chosen path.

God made us in His image. That gives us the potential to become god-like but not God Himself. As Paul reminded the Galatians when they tried to grow their faith by obeying over 600 old rules from their ancestors,

Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?  (Galatians 3:3, NIV)

©2013 Gloria Ashby. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail.


About Gloria Ashby

I'm a writer, speaker and teacher. I live with my husband in the DFW area, and close to our daughter and her family.
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